There was plenty of information that was interesting and somewhat applicable to life.
He said your not so smart long enough that i was starting to believe it. I didn't appreciate that. "You are.. You would.. You think..." was littered throughout the story and was worth the deduction of a star or two. If that was taken out of the story I probably would have listened to it for a second time just because the studies were mind boggling and made me well informed on the topic at hand.
This is a great book and I highly recommend buying it. There’s some great knowledge to be had here.
David McRaney is a journalist with a psychology major and carefully dissects our mental quirks and explains how they lay us low. The book is extremely insightful in explaining these mental quirks, the why’s and the how’s. And, David is bloody good on providing a convincing argument.
I think some people might find the title “you are not so smart” confronting. However, the book does make you eat humble pie. The bad thing and the good thing are the same though – the author doesn’t offer detailed solutions for each of the quirks (he does offer some). He does leave it up to people to come up with more detailed strategies. I would have preferred a longer book with more aspects covered on how to deal with these specific issues. Still, this is a great introductory book and a must get. It is smart and has some dry humor. I enjoyed it so much, that I emailed all my friends with to get this book.
Don Hagen does an excellent narration of the book as well.
This book was easy to listen to, and very interesting. It made sense, and sheds a different light into the way I think about things, or how things appear in my world. It is worth a listen you will learn something and enjoy this book. Have a listen it is a nice way to spend your time. worth a credit
Tell us about yourself! I am a high school graduate with some college. I am 56 and have been a construction worker my whole life.
I would consider the audio edition better. I can do other things at the same time.
It was in small segments. A perfect listening book. Even for someone above average, like me.
I can't sound as "wise guyish" as he dose.
The June Beetle, Super Sexers.
This was such a fun book to listen to, ive listen to it about ten times. It answers so many quesitons. Even ones you didnt know you had.
This was a fantastic read, the narrator was great, and the book was well written. The laid back, informal tone of the book made complex psychology concepts easy to digest and understand. Great book all around.
Things I wish I knew before college, high school, and life.
Conformity and The Spotlight affect
No, this is better absorb chapter by chapter to think about what you heard.
Finally the book I was looking for.
This was an interesting story in the sense that it pointed out areas of cognitive dissonance. Some of the ways in which we misinterpret information were obvious (or previously known), but others were new and quite interesting. A useful guide to critical thinking.
Hmmm didn't really like this book. It contained information I have read in other books and didn't offer anything new. They offered explanations for a number of different things such as the Kennedy & Lincoln coincidences and then write them off completely by saying look at all the things that aren't the same. Whilst this is true, it still doesn't alter the fact that there in many cases (not necessarily this one) there are unusual coincidences. On top of that I found it to be patronising and I really couldn't stand hearing the smug... "but you are not so smart"
While I enjoyed the book, it did not really give me any new information. I voraciously read science mags and most of these "not so smart" researches and studies have been previously published. HOWEVER, the book is good and does have everything in one place. So for those interested in one stop shopping - this is the book for you!
Your Are Not So Smart by David McRaney is a set of brief presentations of famous psychology projects and papers covering the human nature, most of them you probably are familiar with. An easy red, but agreeable introduction to the limits of our brains.